Johnny Weir has won the Skating Magazine reader's choice for Skater of the Year, edging out Olympic gold medalist Evan Lysacek, according to USFSA. Congrats to Johnny!
"I have the most amazing fans in the world, and this award is really for them," Weir said. "I thank them for sticking with me through thick and thin, without complaint and with constant love."
The three-time U.S. champion recently announced that he will not compete during the 2010-11 season, taking time off to concentrate on his skating technique and pursue other interests.
"I want to thank my family, my coaches, Galina Zmievskaya, Viktor Petrenko and Nina Petrenko, my choreographer David Wilson, and my agent Tara Modlin of Fireworks Sports Marketing," Weir said.
The full title of the award is the "Readers' Choice Skater(s) of the Year, Michelle Kwan Trophy." The trophy is scheduled to be presented to Weir at the 2011 U.S. Championships in Greensboro, N.C.
It is really a testament to Weir's popularity with fans that he was able to snag this award over the first American male Olympic gold medalist in more than 20 years. I bet Stars on Ice is rethinking their business decisions right about now! Johnny Weir is a DRAW.